Meet Our Staff

Dr. Rocky Branch

Senior Pastor
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Dr. Rocky Branch and his wife Janice began serving at Spruce Pine First Baptist in September of 2014.  Rocky has a passion for serving the community.  He has founded the organization “Hope 4 Mitchell County” as a way to reach the young people in the community.  He spends time in the prisons, hospitals, rest homes, in people’s homes, as well as being a fixture of the community.  He is currently teaching a Sunday School class in addition to preaching on Sundays.  His desire for the congregation members is that they are all deeply seeded in God’s Word and are actively reaching those around them.  His door is always open for questions or comments.

Dawn Hughes

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We welcome Dawn Hughes to our staff as our new Minister of Music. We are so glad to have her and look forward to all the talent she brings!

Tessa Taylor

Children Minister
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Tessa Taylor has been working with the children and preschool departments since 2004. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Tessa has been married to Curtis Taylor for 18 years and they have two children, Coleman and Ella Grace.

Rodger Hinshaw

Building Superintendent

Patty Ferguson

Pianist

John Schortinghouse

Assistant Building Superintendent

Nancy Hinshaw

Assistant Secretary